I have talked about this issue with many people over the years. When you move to a new place, how do you make friends? On many social networking sites its easy to list and index all the friends you currently have. But what about the friends you don’t have yet…
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If I didn’t mention to you before, I recently moved to Austin, TX. Huh? WTF! What are you doing there? Mostly, I am getting ready for SXSW next year, kidding;) I moved here for a few reasons:
– Burritos. They have more burrito places per capita than any other city in America.
– Talent. UT Austin is a huge talent pool and there are not as many start-ups out here recruiting or being built.
– Money. The cost of living is much cheaper. You can rent a house for $1,000 or less. Gas is $3.50 and burritos are less than $4.
– Change. I am not sure how long I am staying here but every-time I have visited I have an amazing experience. I wanted to get a change of scenery from the Bay Area and be around more non-tech people.
So what does this mean?
1- Anyone can come crash / visit me whenever they want.
2- There are so many sites out there for current friends. What about ways / ideas to introduce and discover new people that you should know…
3- I am curious how people make new friends. My business partner is out here so I have him and a few people from when I have visited Austin in the past. I wanted to throw the challenge to you about how you would make new friends in a completely new town.
Some ideas I have to make new friends:
1- Join a club / group: chess, biking, bowling, table tennis / tennis. I can find them on meetup, craigslist, facebook and google searches
2- Reach out to my existing network here.
3- Go to church / synagogue. Not my ideal thing but I know my Jewish mother would be extremely happy.
4- Try dating websites? I don’t really want to date but at least those people are looking to make new friends.
What would you do?